Michel Benoit

(1715-1774) Jesuit scientist, born Autun, France; died Peking, China. After completing his astronomical studies at Paris, he was sent to the Chinese mission, and appointed by the emperor to design and execute a system of decorative fountains in the royal gardens. He made a large map of the world, and a general chart of the empire, and translated the "Imitation of Christ" into Chinese.

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